MANKATO -- The St. Cloud State men's and women's basketball teams each lost to the Minnesota State-Mankato Mustangs Friday night.


A second half rally came up short for the SCSU men's team, in their 85-81 loss to the Mustangs.

The Huskies trailed by 17 points with 15 minutes remaining in the game before going on a 23-10 run to trim the lead to four but could not completely close the gap.

SCSU guard Jordan Poydras continued his strong season, scoring 26 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

James Fort and Chuckie Smith also reached double-digits, scoring 15 and 13 points respectively.

But the Huskies could not stop Mankato's star forward Assem Marei as the 6'9" Egyptian scored 32 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

With the loss, the Huskies fall to 7-6 on the season and will travel to St. Paul to take on Concordia University tonight at 6:00 p.m.


The Mustangs pulled away from the Huskies in the second half en route to a 91-78 victory.

The game was close at halftime, with the Mustangs holding a three-point lead, but Mankato outscored the Huskies 41-31 the rest of the way.

Forward Lexy Petermann led the Huskies with 24 points, and guard Betsy McDonald added 22 to keep SCSU in the game.

The Huskies' dynamic duo combined to shoot 17-30 (57%) from the field, but Mankato's Britney Scherber scored a game-high 27 points off the bench to lead the Mustangs.

The loss was only SCSU's second of the season and the Huskies will look to rebound tonight in St. Paul against Concordia University.